May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Bonaventure

Learn more about St. Bonaventure: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=169

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071516.cfm

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.” He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent? I say to you,  something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

Jesus was telling them who He was, that the High Priest had come. And He was condemning them for holding the law above the needs of people. He wants us to be merciful to those in need. Are you merciful? Do you care more for impressing people than taking care of those in need? You will have to answer to Our Lord for what you choose.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see you in others and be more merciful, giving to those that are in need, whether it be physical or spiritual needs. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.

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